Veteran’s journey true example of sacrifice

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Like most children, Rick Fails and Janie Stokes consider their dad a hero. In this case, most of America would agree with the kids’ perspective. Alvin Fails, who was born in Milnesand and grew up in Portales, joined the New Mexico National Guard in 1941. He survived the Bataan Death March a few months later, […]

Four down, one to go for Hounds

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Win next week gives ENMU share of LSC title By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Another long losing streak for Eastern New Mexico University’s football team fell by the wayside on Saturday — this one in impressive fashion. Now the Greyhounds will bid to end another drought — as in Lone […]

Students weigh “going green” at preview day

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales. They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents […]

Seven vying for Little Miss Merry Christmas

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PNT staff There are seven contestants in this year’s Little Miss Merry Christmas contest. The annual contest is a fundraiser for the white Christmas lights that are on display throughout town and on the Roosevelt County Courthouse during the holiday season. The contestant that raises the most money through donations collected by her sponsor and […]

Greyhounds counting on large senior contingent

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By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com If a preseason exhibition means anything, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is ready for the regular campaign to start. That happens when the Greyhounds (12-15, 9-9 Lone Star Conference last season) face Missouri Southern at 6 p.m. (MST) today in the last of five games in the two-day, […]

A lifetime of collection for Portales couple

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Editor’s Note: This is the second profile in a monthly series on people and their collections. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas could be jokingly referred to as a couple of collectors or the collectin’ couple. The Thomas’ each have a collection of unique items, accumulated over a lifetime […]

Portales blows past Ruidoso for district title

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Portales Lady Rams expect to get one of the top two seeds in next week’s Class 3A state volleyball tournament at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center. If they play like they did on Thursday night at the Ram Athletic Center, they could well be in the […]

Turkey dinner family tradition

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales residents know it’s the first Thursday of November when they smell the aroma of turkey wafting from the First United Methodist Church on U.S. 70 and Avenue C. In its 60th year, organizers and church members say the Turkey Dinner and Bazaar represents tradition, community and extended […]

Students remembered in vigil

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Losing a loved one is never easy, but the pain was eased for those who knew and loved Padyn Reanell Hughes and Adrienne Trujillo on Wednesday night. A memorial service was held for the two Eastern New Mexico University students who were killed in a car accident […]

Zias have definite local flavor

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By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Don’t put too much stock in a 21-point exhibition loss at Grand Canyon on Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The Zias, under first-year coach Joshua Prock, also hope to prove wrong the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, which has them finishing […]

Director: Show aligns with Portales

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University Professor Jon Barr is bringing a story about a girl’s attempt to escape a hard life by becoming a famous soccer player to the University Theatre Center’s Main Stage. “Guapa” has a message that Barr believes everyone can relate to, but will also show […]

Pair of new Portales officers introduced

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By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Interim Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos and City Manager Doug Redmond introduced the Portales Police Department’s two newest staff members at Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting. Daniel Narvaez and Calvin Tayler graduated from the Farmington Police Academy the end of September and have been in field training since, […]

Two ENMU students die in rollover (update)

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Adrienne Trujillo was a caring person with a goofy side who wore her heart on her sleeve, according to family and friends. Padyn Reanell Hughes was outgoing and always having a positive outlook on life. The two Eastern New Mexico University students were killed Sunday evening after being […]

Q&A: Portales senior Anna George hopes to pursue career in film, theater or journalism

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales High School senior Anna George serves is a major cog behind the Portales School News page, which runs in the Friday edition of the Portales News-Tribune. George is the editor of the Portales School News Page, and has been a member of the journalism class since […]

My turn: Making the Dalai Lama proud

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By Sandy Field PNT columnist The Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” I think that’s a grand idea. I’m not sure I do that every year, but I’ve certainly had some success with this suggestion. There are many places within a few hours’ drive that I still need to […]

Peanut growers in bind

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Peanut farmers have a different pay schedule than most. Once they harvest their peanuts in the fall, typically about mid to late-October, they are paid for their crop for the entire year. When Sunland Inc., declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy early in October, growers in eastern New Mexico and […]

Oasis hosts annual fishing clinic

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The 23rd Annual Kids Fishin’ Clinic was up and running bright and early Saturday morning at Oasis State Park. Youth anglers brought their poles, tackle boxes, and listening ears as they took in the fundamentals of fishing from volunteers representing various organizations. The Kids Fishin’ Clinic was […]

Rams beat Lovington in regular season for first time since 1994

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Ram wide receiver John Young snags a long pass over Lovington's Laden Blythe in the first half of the Rams Friday evening game against the Lovington Wildcats at Greyhound Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Matt Martinez was taking a nap at home Thursday afternoon when a teammate came to tell him he was Friday’s starting quarterback in the Portales Rams’ must-win game against the hated Lovington Wildcats. “I thought,” the Ram junior said, “I might still be dreaming.” Well, don’t wake him […]

Literacy gets focus

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The Eastern Plains Community Action Agency Head Start has proclaimed November as their Literacy Awareness Month in an effort to focus on literacy for Head Start students and prepare them for kindergarten. “This is a statewide literacy awareness event,” said Susan Zamora, Head Start director for EPCAA. […]

Costumed kids get safe sweets

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume. “I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” […]